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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mike Frye
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Deborah Patterson
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Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
Jesse White ...
Georgie Markham
Fay Roope ...
Tom Lorrison
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Martha Lorrison
Douglas Kennedy ...
Drunk
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Marie
John Indrisano ...
Johnny Terrento (as Johnny Indrisano)
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Marvin
Don Haggerty ...
Director Don
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Western

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15 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esperto Contra Esperto  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Stretch' Barnes: Grandma used to say money can't buy happiness, but it sure is a most pleasant way of being miserable.
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Spoofs Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »

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Semper Fidelis
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Played during the San Francisco parade
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Callaway Went In A Great Movie Way ***1/2
14 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bygone era is depicted in this cleverly produced 1951 film. Remember when children sat glued to the set to watch those cowboy shows. There was always the great chase scenes and the hero saving the town and getting the girl at the end.

You would think this picture would be like that from its beginning. Instead, it turns into a comedy about what life should really be.

When a cowboy star of past movies becomes popular once again, a team nicely played by Fred MacMurray and Dorothy McGuire look for him. Our hero is Howard Keel in a non-singing role. Trouble is that Keel has become a has-been hiding out in Mexico under the influence of alcohol and women.

Jesse White is sent to look for him. In the meantime, a double appears that the MacMurray-McGuire team will use.

The story becomes heartwarming as the fake Callaway, Keel, in a double role known as Stretch, becomes enamored by the part but realizes that something has to be done with children who are impoverished and ill. His setting up of a fund for them is wonderful but when he meets up with the "real" Callaway, all hell breaks loose.

This movie has everything. Comedy, helping and that old western spirit of a bygone era.


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